2013 will be the year that kills me because so many of my favorite series are ending. I fell in love with the Starcrossed series in 2011. It has been an emotional, turbulent ride with lots of actions (and quite a bit of kissing) along the way. I'm so sad to see this series draw to a close, but I am thrilled to have a chance to talk to Josephine Angelini about this series and what it means to say goodbye to Helen, Lucas, and many other characters I will miss more than I can say.
1. The Starcrossed series has been one of my favorites to read, but how does it feel as the author to say goodbye to characters that you created?
I did a lot of theater growing up, and the final performance always felt like goodbye. But with books it’s different. With a play, the show ends, the cast goes their separate ways and that’s that. But with a book, I’m finding that it’s never really gone. New readers discover the series every day, and their excitement keeps all three books right in the front of my mind.
2. Which book was your favorite to write?
Oooh, tough question. Godess was the easiest to write. It just spilled out of me and barely needed any revision—after all, I’d spent two years with this ending crouched in the back of my mind. But Starcrossed was the most thrilling. It was the first book I ever wrote, and giving myself permission to be a writer, getting over my fear and really going for it, and hang the consequences, was such a special experience.
3. If you could have lunch with two of the characters you’ve created in this series, who would pick and why?
Well, Noel—if she’s cooking! But Daphne is the one I really want to sit down with. I have a lot of questions for that chick.
4. If you could talk to Josie Angelini from 3 years ago is there any advice you would give a younger, less experienced you?
I’d tell her to pace herself. Every career has a thousand twists and turns, and you can’t rush through any of it, so take it one mile at a time.
5. What are you currently working on?
I’m working on two things, actually. Talk about telling myself not to rush, right? Geeze, maybe I should take my own advice, but I’ve finished the first book in a new series I’m tentatively calling CRUCIBLE, and another project that I can’t discuss just yet.
6. Are there any books coming out this year you’re excited to read?
Yes! Tessa Gratton’s THE LOST SUN, and Amy Plum’s IF I SHOULD DIE, and Tara Hudson’s ELEGY, and Anna Carey’s new book BLACKBIRD. There’s a ton more, but those are the one’s I have to read right now.
Thank you SO much, Josie!
Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
The Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini
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